Verbatim Tuff N Tiny 8GB Flash Drive

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At technogog we have a rather strange affinity for USB Flash Drives as seen here, here and here. So when Verbatim offered us the chance to test out the Tuff N Tiny 8GB Flash Drive; we couldn’t refuse. Verbatim a highly regarded name in data storage and Flash Drive media sounds like a match made in heaven.

One of my earliest computer related recollections involve using 5.25” Verbatim branded floppy disks. I am dating myself, aren’t I? These days USB Flash media has become the equivalent of a floppy disk and Verbatim has joined the fun with their Tuff N Tiny drives. Hopefully this drive will match my prior experiences with Verbatim’s other products.

The Tuff N Tiny is designed to be portable, rugged and resistant to dust, water and static discharge. It includes a key ring lanyard allowing it to attach to one’s mobile phone or keychain. This miniature USB Flash Drive is composed of a durable light plastic and is perfect for carrying around on one’s keys meaning your data is always nearby and readily accessible.

The Verbatim Tuff N Tiny 8GB Flash Drive arrives in the dreaded plastic clamshell package. Once carefully extracted from the plastic we find the Flash Drive, a key ring lanyard and an instruction sheet. The drive comes in only three colors – purple for the 8GB version, green for the 4GB model and orange for the 2GB size.

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The Tuff N Tiny measures 1.19 x 0.5 x 0.06 inches, is rectangular shaped and is as thick as a penny. On one side of the drive is the Verbatim name, logo and drive size and on the other side is the USB copper contact. Opposite this contact is a loop for the key ring lanyard.

Of course you may be wondering why these USB contacts are exposed which could easily lead to scratches and damage. Thankfully Verbatim was prepared for these types of hazards as these contacts have a plastic coating to protect the drive from danger.

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Here are some comparative size pictures of the Tuff N Tiny compared to a stick of gum, a penny and a standard USB connector.

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On the drive itself we find a pre-loaded password security software for Windows systems called V-Safe100. Using this software allows the user to create a private zone for sensitive data, while allowing a public zone for open access and sharing of non-sensitive files.

For those using Kingston’s DT400’s SecureTraveler software the V-Safe100 version should look familiar as it is probably the same rebranded utility.

Specifications:

TUFF-‘N’-TINY™ 8GB USB Drive – Purple

Penny-thin and travel-tough, the Verbatim TUFF-‘N’-TINY™ USB Drive offers secure storage in one of the most compact, durable USB flash drives available.  Designed for everyday handling and resistant to dust, water and static discharges, this drive measures up to its name and is compatible with all USB ports. It offers password security for Windows users and is enhanced for Windows® ReadyBoost™ for Windows 7 and Vista users. Perfect for carrying the files you use every day, the TUFF-‘N’-TINY™ drive comes with key ring lanyard to attach to mobile phones or key rings.  Choose from capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB. See for yourself how the Verbatim TUFF-‘N’-TINY™ sizes up!

Features & Benefits
-Tiny, rugged USB drive measures 1.19 x 0.5 x 0.06 inch
-Resistant to dust, water and static discharges
-Compatible with ALL USB ports
-Password security for Windows users
-Enhanced for Windows® ReadyBoost™
-Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000, Mac OS 9.x or higher, Linux kernel 2.6x or higher
-Bonus key ring lanyard for mobile phones or key rings
-Available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities

Price: $26.99 (At Amazon at Time of Review)

Installation of the Tuff N Tiny 8GB Flash Drive involves orienting the copper contacts so they touch the PC’s USB port properly. If you don’t get a connection the first time around, then flip the drive over. Once the drive is recognized by the PC you can go into the V-Safe 100 program and partition the drive into public and private zones if security is a concern. This password protects the data but does NOT encrypt it.

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For performance testing I used DiskBench running the copy and read bench marks and HD Tach version 3.0.1.0. To compare the speed of the Tuff N Tiny I pitted it against some recent large capacity USB Flash drives including the DataTraveler Locker+ (16 GB), DataTraveler 400 (16GB) (a password protected but not encrypted drive), Corsair Voyager 16GB and the OCZ Rally2 64 GB drives.

Surprisingly it beat the others on the copy bench and kept pace on the read bench using DiskBench. Running the Tuff N Tiny on HD Tach RW we saw a consistent 22 MB/s in sequential read and burst speed.

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To test the ruggedness claims of the Tuff N Tiny I dropped in a cup of water and left it there for ten minutes. I then dried off the flash drive and proceeded to reconnect it to my PC. As advertised the Tuff N Tiny worked without a hiccup.

Since the drive is so light dropping it from most any height should leave it unscathed. The plastic coating did its job protecting the drive from the battering of my keychain.


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Conclusion:

The Verbatim Tuff N Tiny Flash Drive does live up to its moniker. It is a miniscule size spacious flash drive that can be always near by when attached to your keys. It is tuff, I mean tough enough to withstand the daily abuses of life especially if residing on ones keychain. Falls, spills and scratches should not affect the Tuff N Tiny’s performance and that is why you would buy this drive in the first place.

Compared to some standard size USB flash drives, the Tuff N Tiny’s performance is easily on par meaning you do not sacrifice speed when using this ultra portable device. It is currently available from Amazon for less than thirty dollars making this a terrific deal.

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Pros:
+Tiny size
+Rugged, waterproof and dust resistant
+Fast speeds
+Includes security software
+Did I mention really small?
+Price

Cons:
-Easily lost if not tethered to keys or phone
-Limited color options

Grades:
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10

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  • Kenny Murray

    These are ideal.. and very tough..

    I spoke to verbatim and told them that I was going to test the product as a similar use for my usual purposes..

    I was previously using items such as chips to have basically a water proof solution, tough and tidy works as stated…

    I took the situation to the extremes…

    Preloaded the chip with data to be verified…
    I had Frozen them in a cup of water… let the ice melt… got it out of the popscicle, wiped it off… tested to be 100%

    not being satisified with this, I decided to put the chip into a boiling pot of water…

    I boiled down the Pot, and retrieved the chip from the boiling water… it was still extremely hot, and not able to be handled with bare hands…

    it was allowed to stand to cool…

    wiped off and again retested…

    again it has worked 100%

    It was re tested many times, wiped and reloaded.. cycled… and what ever else..

    It still works…

    Its one of the best chips that I have ever purchased and tested.

    I am not sure of the specific wearlevel of the device, however I have also used other chips in other high demand applications with very little issues..

    Nothing is as good as a good backup regardless..

    all the same, sticks always end up in soggy backpacks… or sometimes even down in the laundry…

    I put the chip through a small test of Extremes, from Frozen solid in ice… to a boiling pot of water…

    trust me, its quite suitable for school projects or work… resistant to water and or accidental flooding.

    all that was required to use it, was to simply wipe it off in something and plug it in and use it..

    if you want something reliable.

    this is what you want to use.

    Good Speed, Good Price, Nearly Indestructable.

    they are extremely tough, and will outlast im sure most daily activities or accidental situations such as water and outdoor situations…

    • Ak61

      Picked up one of these today.
      They have them inside of these security devices that need the check-out chick to unlock at the supermarket.
      Well, they did not unlock it, and took about 10 minutes with a knife to bust it open.
      Last time I go supermarket shopping for these items.
      Anyway, the USB is like a finger nail – tiny, and went straight for my readyboost – terrific.
      I have 4gb ram, but sees 3gb, and of course with a game like Supreme Commander using at least 2gigs or ram, it does speed it up dramatically using readyboost. Dont believe all who say that readyboost doesnt work. Try exiting a game and wait while the hard drive catches up and allows you to resume control of your computer. Once your hard drive goes into swapped memory it is painful to watch it release this memory. With this USB in readyboost, I left the game and back to windows without a delay. Just what the doctor ordered. Play 81km maps smoothly.

  • efrain

    This flash drive is great but I reformatted the safe zone by right clicking and then format then I did the same on the public zone now I can’t get my private zone back. I have a 2.5GB instead of 8. I need help to get my 8GB back!!

    • Leo Menard

      I don’t know if you have found the solution but if no, just follow the following steps:
      1. Enter into the private zone 2. Choose the format button 3. Adjust the confidential zone with the slide button 4. Reply by OK THAT will be done

      Léo

    • Leo Menard

      If you didn’t find the solution yet, follow the next steps:
      1. Enter into the condidential zone 2. Choose the format button 3. Adjust the zone space with the slide button 4. Accept with OK

      Leo

  • bj

    Your review implies (in paragraph 6) that the USB contacts are covered with a plastic coating. I seriously doubt that is true. Plastic is an insulator, and if it covered the contacts, the device wouldn’t work. If you look closely at the contacts after the device has been correctly inserted and withdrawn from a USB port, you can see scratch marks in the gold plating caused by friction from the mating contacts in the USB socket.

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